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Ngā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators

Ngā Tohunga Whakatere The Navigators
Ngā Tohunga Whakatere The Navigators
4 Oct 2022 to 27 Nov 2022
Saturdays at 2.30pm and Sundays at 4pm
Ngā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators | Fly through space, follow the stars, traverse the largest ocean on Earth with Moko, and her ancestors.
Event type: 
Cultural, Film, Multidisciplinary
Stardome Observatory & Planetarium
670 Manukau Rd, One Tree Hill Domain, Epsom, Auckland


Ngā Tohunga Whakatere - The Navigators is an immersive family-friendly planetarium show that tells the story of Māori, Pasifika and later, European navigation towards Aotearoa through the eyes of a young girl, Moko.

Moko dreams of becoming a master star navigator like her koro Jack. Journey with Moko as she gains knowledge and understanding of Māori, Pasifika and European voyaging traditions and realises how skilled her tūpuna had to be to travel the largest ocean on Earth. 

Experience this in the 360 degree cinema dome. Plus afterwards there's a short live presentation on the beautiful night sky above Auckland. Stardome's star software shows the night sky accurate to the day of your visit.

Free for Starlight Explorer passes.

Master Navigator Jack Thatcher (of the iwi Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi, Ngāti Pūkenga, Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti, Ngāti Awa) plays himself as Koro Jack. The events on waka are his lived experiences. Moko actor, Reina Stephens (of Te Rarawa) really is a descendant of waka voyager Nuku (Nukutawhiti). The science comes from astrobiologist and co-creator, Haritina Mogosanu. The historical figures, vessels, events and skies have been carefully recreated and animated by John Strang of DUSK and his team of artists and technicians. Directed by Lala Rolls.

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Stardome Observatory & Planetarium

4 Oct 2022

Welcome to Stardome, the coolest little observatory this side of Neptune. Located in One Tree Hill Domain, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa. Sharing our love and mātauranga of all things space since 1967.